Society of Early Americanists Conferences

The SEA hosts annual conferences. In odd-numbered years, the Society hosts an open-topic general conference known as the Biennial Conference. In even-numbered years, it hosts Special Topics conferences. The SEA also sponsors panels at our affiliated societies: the American Literature Association & the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.


 

Forthcoming Conferences

The Society of Early Americanists Ninth Biennial Conference, Chicago, June 18-21, 2015.

Society of Early Americanists announces travel grants for the joint SEA/OIEAHC conference in Chicago, June 18-21, 2015.

A small number of travel grants will be available to graduate students, independent scholars and part-time/adjunct instructors, who are members in good standing of the SEA, to support their travel to the joint OIEAHC-SEA meeting in Chicago in June, 2015. Grants will be worth $100 to members living in the US and Canada, and $200 for those traveling from overseas. Priority will be given to applicants who are listed on the program. In order to apply, please send a brief email to Kristina Bross (kbross@purdue.edu), with the subject line: "SEA Chicago travel grant application." In it, please indicate your role on the program (if any) and any other travel support available to you. The deadline for applications will be April 6th, with notification by April 15th.


The Society of Early Americanists Ninth Biennial Conference will be held jointly with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Chicago, June 18-21, 2015.

For more information, please visit the conference website, here.








The Society of Early Americanists will be co-sponsoring the Special Topics Conference, “Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas”: The Fourth Early Americanist ‘Summit,’ University of Maryland and Washington DC, May 19-22, 2016.

Continuing in the tradition of the First (Tucson, AZ, 2002), Second (Providence, RI, 2004), and Third (St. Augustine, FL, 2010) Early Ibero/Anglo Americanist Summits, this thematic conference on “Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas” will bring together scholars working in various languages and disciplines to exchange questions, ideas, research and teaching methods, and to promote comparative perspectives and cross-disciplinary dialogue in the study of the early Americas. 

For more information about the conference and the Call for Papers, please visit the conference website: 

http://oieahc.wm.edu/conferences/supported/translation/call.html
 
Proposals are due 15 May 2015

For any questions, please contact: 

Allison Bigelow (U Virginia) amb8fk@eservices.virginia.edu and Ralph Bauer (U Maryland) bauerr@umd.edu

The event will be co-sponsored by the Society of Early Americanists (SEA), The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC), The Kislak Family Foundation, the Early Americas Working Group (Washington DC), and the University of Maryland. 

Program Committee: Allison Bigelow (U Virginia), Ralph Bauer (U Maryland), Alejandra Dubcovsky (Yale), Patrick Erben (U West Georgia), Luis Fernando Restrepo (U Arkansas), Carlos Jauregui (Notre Dame). 



The Society of Early Americanists, American Literature Association meeting on May 21-24, 2015, in Boston, MA

The Society of Early Americanists will be sponsoring the following three sessions at the next American Literature Association meeting on May 21-24, 2015, in Boston, MA.

Translation in Early America
Session 9-C, Friday, May 22, 11:10-12:30, St. George C
Organized by the Society of Early Americanists

Chair: Patrick M. Erben, University of West Georgia
1.     “Native Languages and ‘Religion Exemplified in the Life of Poor Sarah,’” Theresa Strouth Gaul, Texas Christian University
2.     "Translating Red: Josiah Francis’s Self-Portrait," Christopher Packard, New York University
3.     “Inventing the Critical Edition: Christian Jacob Hütter, Printer of Translations,” Len von Morzé, University of Massachusetts Boston

Imagining Urban Identity in Early America
Session 14-B, Saturday, May 23, 8:00-9:30, St. George B
Organized by the Society of Early Americanists

Chair: Leslie Eckel, Suffolk University
1.     “Late Puritan Writers and the Increasingly Urbanized Environment of Massachusetts,” Katharine Campbell, University of California Santa Barbara
2.     “‘The Next in Rank to Human Race’: The Foreign Beasts in Early American Almanacs,” Matt DiCintio, Tufts University
3.     “Urbane Seamen: Maritime Culture and Problems of Urbanity,” Dan Walden, Baylor University
4.     “Edgar Huntly and the Paxton Riots,” Will Fenton, Fordham University

Teaching Early American Writing in Comparative Contexts
Session 17-A, Saturday, May 23, 12:40-2:00, St. George A
Organized by the Society of Early Americanists

Chair: Len von Morzé, University of Massachusetts Boston
1.     “‘Yet Shall We Never Be Manifested and Made Known unto Any Man’: Secret Societies, Hidden Knowledge, and Mazy Paths in the Transatlantic Literature Course,” Patrick M. Erben, University of West Georgia
2.     “William Billings’s ‘Chester’: Contexts and Resonances,” Charles E. Brewer, The Florida State University
3.     “Adaptation in the American Literature Classroom,” Kelli Purcell O’Brien, University of Memphis

Please direct any questions to:

Professor Len von Morzé
Society of Early Americanists ALA Conference liaison, 2014-2015
Department of English
University of Massachusetts Boston
Leonard.vonMorze@umb.edu

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TWO REMINDERS for participants in the SEA-ALA Sessions:

Each presenter at the ALA needs to register for the conference, which you can do by going to the American Literature Association’s Annual Conference website: http://alaconf.org

The SEA does ask each person on an SEA Sponsored Session to be a current member of our organization. If your paper is accepted and you are not yet an SEA member, we welcome you; please go to the SEA Membership page, here.

Thank you!
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From the ALA conference website: The American Literature Association’s 26th annual conference will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 21-24, 2015 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for proposals is January 30, 2015. For further information, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliteratureassociation.org or contact the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield at carr@georgiasouthern.edu with specific questions.



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